Nuance Dragon Pro­fes­sional 6

Star­tlingly ac­cu­rate dic­ta­tion

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Nik Rawl­in­son

£249.99 FROM Nuance, nuance.com NEEDS OS X 10.11.6 or higher

Dragon has hit peak ac­cu­racy with this lat­est ver­sion. We in­stalled it and dic­tated right away, with no train­ing, and were wowed by the re­sults. That the train­ing process from ear­lier ver­sions has been sidestepped al­to­gether is se­ri­ously im­pres­sive (this re­view was dic­tated and we made just one cor­rec­tion).

Switch to tran­scrip­tion and it gets bet­ter still. Nuance claims you can tran­scribe a sin­gle voice from an au­dio file with­out any train­ing, but we went fur­ther, feed­ing it a 45-minute pod­cast. With no prep, it pro­cessed the file in un­der 15 min­utes. There was no punc­tu­a­tion, of course – the par­tic­i­pants hadn’t spo­ken any – but the words them­selves were spot on.

This should ap­peal to stu­dents who can record lec­tures and tran­scribe them ret­ro­spec­tively – how­ever, the price prob­a­bly won't. Nuance wants £250 for a full new li­cence, and even £125 to up­grade is steep when you con­sider how good the last two ver­sions of the app are.

If you write for a liv­ing, or do tran­scrip­tion work, you’ll be able to ab­sorb ei­ther cost eas­ily. If not, you might want to down­load the 14-day trial ver­sion and com­pare it to the dic­ta­tion fea­tures that are built in to macOS first.

There's guid­ance on us­ing your Mac with your voice.

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